Twenty-year-old Leah’s been in a state of collapse since her boyfriend’s fatal accident. His aunt swoops in and saves her by providing a rent-free place to stay in. Read Come See About Me by C. K. Kelly Martin by C. K. Kelly Martin by C. K. Kelly Martin for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone . C.K. Kelly Martin, who’s written several marvelous young adult novels, couldn’t find a traditional publisher for her first book for adults, Come See.
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She and Bastien had their lives ahead of them: Interspersed are moments between Leah and Liam of real emotional connection and longing–longing for more. Especially one that could become romantic. Over at the blog matrin, I posted a double review of this book along with C. Not only does the genre manage to completely gloss over the complexity of the first adult years, but it also becomes increasingly predictable, the final pages of a book more cloying than satisfying.
And they’re not just present to be The Diverse Characters, but instead they all make sense in the context of the story and are a realistic reflection of modern society. As you know, I loved the hell out of this book. First, I have to applaud, the author for writing such a very profound story of loss and overcoming it. Also, it would’ve sed nice to have some more humor provided by side characters, if not Leah since the tone of the story weighs quite heavily towards the serious, depressing end of the spectrum.
The story could have fit the tale of being dumped just as easily. Share your thoughts with other customers. I’m always up for a good gritty, depressing book and I wouldn’t mind giving this one a shot. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t finish it, and I’ll try to explain why. Clearly she’s not the person she thought she was—and maybe Liam isn’t either.
But there were times I felt that Leah’s reactions were just a little too much. Only Bastien truly carries any weight and people try to use that fact against me too and tell me what he would want for me. Kelly Martin for not shying away from the sexual needs someone feels even after losing their love.
You would think having faced that situation ourselves, we would know the right thing to comfort someone. In the moment, at least — when Leah pulls herself from the situation later and realizes what she allowed herself to do, regret and remorse consume her.
And since “Adult” fiction typically features older narrators, not a recent college dropout, it couldn’t be marketed as “Adult. Rachel, just to clarify, Leah’s boyfriend is killed by a car while crossing the street. It does sound amazing, though.
She flakes on her job, fails out of school, hides from her friends and family–she can’t move forward because of the loss.
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Although there comw a couple things that didn’t quite ring true to me, some of the other stuff actually ended up being “I knew it would be like this with you. Come See About Me. Lest I’ve given the impression that Come See About Me is about moving on, martln a new love or anything like that, it’s absolutely not.
I met my husband when I was Leah’s age, and her reflections on the early days of their relationship very relatable on a personal level. She was lost without Bastian.
I really hope New Adult maritn a genre people respect, because it’s kind of ridiculous this had to be self-published. I don’t mind some openness to an ending, but yes, I’m one of those that do need some closure. In her Goodreads review, Kelly from Stacked used the word “sexy” to describe Come See About Me and I think that’s a very apt way of saying it–which is also very unexpected for a novel dealing with this subject.
And despite the fact that Liam is upfront about his personality, honest that he isn’t the nicest of guys, his charm and troubles never fail to work in his favor which really just means that yes, his accent is alluring, and yes, his looks are even more killer.
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It could seem lurid or trashy that there’s significant amount of page time devoted to the pair’s hookups, but it’s not at all. She’s stopped answering the phone, talking to her parents, caring. Luckily for us, Martin couldn’t keep to herself the story of Leah, a young woman who’s life has wholly stalled following the death of her boyfriend, Bastien, who was killed while crossing the street in Toronto.
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